McNeil Falls is a premium fishing place for dominant males. Many sows with cubs tend to hang out at the lagoon away from large males where the McNeil River flows into the ocean. The Chum Salmon steadily swim up the current through the lagoon towards the spawning grounds.
As we were slowly walking under the cliff, a bear family was nearby and we hoped the family would move away. Another bear family with three spring cubs walked toward the family that we were watching. It made the mother bear nervous, so she turned around and headed in our direction followed by two cubs!
Large bear action in the falls are always interesting, but I personally enjoy observing and photographing the sows with cubs.
I’ll update with more images from McNeil River Sanctuary on my next blog posting. Please check back in a few weeks!